You are probably familiar with Beats by Dre headphones that HTC now packages with many of its smartphones after inking a $300 million deal with the company last year. Those devices are apparently supposed to pack the Beats Audio unique sound profile—an audio equalizer that is arguably the secret sauce to the Beats Audio and Beats by Dre success. Thankfully, all Gingerbread Android users can soon take advantage with XDA forum member fuss132 porting the sound profile to work with all Gingerbread Roms. So how do you do it? The original forum post (via TechCrunch) contains everything you need. Moreover, fuss132 explained no application is needed, simply “download the attached .zip file, flash it through CWM.” The image above compares the same song before the Beats sound profile (left) and then after (right) on a Galaxy SLc. Read more
The Mobile World Congress has now officially kicked off and we brought you the highlights from Eric Schmidt’s keynote presentation earlier today. In other MWC news, Samsung was awarded Device Manufacturer of the Year by hosts GSMA of MWC 2012 in Barcelona. It is an organization dedicated to protecting the “interests of mobile operators worldwide.” Samsung was also awarded Best Smartphone for the Galaxy S II. According to Samsung, the award is “in recognition of the device’s powerful performance and overwhelming response from consumers.” Samsung noted the Galaxy S II is its fastest selling device in history with over 10 million units sold in just 5 months and 20 million in 10 months.
Samsung’s President of IT & Mobile Communications Division JK Shin said the following:
If you have not yet noticed them, Google started rolling out updates to both the Google Wallet and Google+ for Android apps today. The Google+ update available does not contain much beyond the typical “stability improvements and bug fixes,” but Google Wallet received several new features including support for PO Boxes and an “increased allowable address length” for Prepaid Cards. It also has enhancements to the Core Wallet system and syncing of rewards cards. You can find the Google Wallet update in the Market here. Read more
From robots to holographic telepresence, Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt took the time at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona yesterday to discuss where the Mountain View, Calif.-based Company is in the world and what the future holds in the technology realm.
Google’s Hugo Berro showcases Chrome for Android in the first 10 minutes of the keynote (video is above). The nugget to his presentation is that Chrome is fast, secure, and free.
“People say in Ice Cream Sandwich that we got the UI right, we got it right for the global audience, and you see the benefits when you see Chrome,” contributed Schmidt to Berro’s lecture. Upon the concluding statements about Chrome, Schmidt led the stage with an announcement that he wanted to talk about the state of the world and “the world that we all operate in, because I think getting this right—the stakes are huge.”
Schmidt mentioned the potential for growth among the millions in the world who have never played Angry Birds and “never got into the Android vs. iOS argument,” but he also hypothesized about the future. While claiming technologies like holograms, virtual reality, and self-driving cars will be commonplace “quite soon,” Schmidt described a scenario where one could “dispatch a robot”:
“…you need to go to a conference across the world for work and it’s the same time your favorite artist is playing live, in the future you’ll be able to dispatch a robot… to each venue, allowing you to experience both events… using a 3D screen and a control system”
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Google is currently advertising a one-day leap year sale for Google Music that will let you grab 29 select albums for just $2.99 each. Among the albums offered include Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die,” Drake’s “Take Care,” Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk,” Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Jay-Z’s “Watch The Throne,” Van Halen’s “A Different Kind of Truth,” Lil Wayne’s “The Carter IV,” Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon,” Eminem’s “Recovery,” and The Band Perry’s self-titled album. All 29 albums should be advertised in a special section in the Google Music store shortly, but the albums listed above are already available for $2.99.